It sounds like pure hell to travel for 5 miles without a motor, but swimming that far has to be the worst of the worst. For Monster the dog, perhaps not.
According to KRIV, Monster, a regular companion of shrimp boat captain Keith “Kiwi” Soffes, fell overboard while he was shrimping in Galveston Bay (off the coast of Texas) last week. He claimed he hadn’t seen her for ten to fifteen minutes and that when she didn’t come racing as he started raising the boat’s nets, he knew something wasn’t right.
He told KTBC, “My heart just fell.” I was unable to even speak. Soffes spent hours trying to locate her after scouring his boat and contacting other nearby boats with no luck. To find his lost dog, he later posted updates and cries on Facebook.
Finally, he claimed that after responding to him on Facebook, a woman claimed to have spotted a dog that resembled Monster in a nearby park. Soffes told KTBC, “I replied, Man, she couldn’t have made that swim.” “That dog couldn’t possibly have swum that far.”
He went to investigate, but a different woman claimed to have seen the dog swimming across the bay. Five days after Monster went missing, he eventually tracked down the man who had discovered her at a nearby mobile home park. He remarked, “I was crying so hard I couldn’t even talk.” She was kissing me so repeatedly.
He calculates that Monster swam four to six miles to get back to safety and owes her survival to the time she spent swimming and on the boat. Soffes thinks he’s located a new life jacket (along with a tracking device), which should allow them to return to the ocean quickly after Monster previously chewed off life jackets.